Monthly Archives: October 2015

Orange Is The New Black.

Boo! Halloween is fast-approaching, I’ve bought the pumpkin, the candles and the chocolate treats, now to address the costume. Of course, black and orange are totally in this week darling so these would  be the go-to colours to dress in surely?

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Halloweeeeen!

Now I must confess before I go any further that I myself may need some convincing on the subject of wearing orange . I’ve had a think and I don’t believe that I’ve ever owned anything in this colour- apart from an adidas shell suit when I was nine (arghhh faux pas!)

Orange is a vibrant and exciting colour, but not one which we necessarily rush to wear. For many, its a risky colour to pull off and people don’t tend to know what hair colours or skin tones suit this shade. So I thought that I would look more into this and actually work out if I can make this colour work for us and our wardrobes.

The first promising sign for this colour that I discovered was that Victoria Beckham (my ultimate fashion icon)LOVES this colour, both choosing to wear it herself and feature it in a number of her collections. From pretty apricots in her spring collection, to tangerine and tomato shades for A/W, Victoria shows that orange can be classy and sophisticated. From tailored two pieces to using it in colour block outfits, her collections show that orange can work on a number of different levels.

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Other fashion houses also used orange in their recent collections. Check out Celine’s flowing trousers, Burberry’s twist on their classic trench and Dior’s strapless asymmetric gown.

So we’ve seen the fashionistas work orange, but how can we work it into our every-day wardrobes effectively? I’ve come up with a couple of ways to get us all embracing orange all year-round.

Two-Tone. 

Orange is a fantastic way to inject some colour and life into your wardrobe. From  amber all the way to vermilion, there are around 46 shades of orange so definitely one to suit everyone!

If you want to start off subtly with orange, then why not go for a two-tone garment?

A subtle burst of colour

A subtle burst of colour

This is exactly how I would wear orange as I generally like to wear neutral colours but sometimes wish that I wore more colour. I love how this outfit isn’t overbearing, still easy to wear and practical but looks all the more fashionable because of the burst of orange.

You could use two-tone in a chunky knitwear piece as show above, or in accessories such as scarves and hats. The key to this look is to let that little bit of orange do the talking, keeping the rest of your outfit relatively simple. A great way to introduce this zesty colour into your life!

Make A Statement. 

Choosing two-tone garments are a great way to introduce orange in an understated way, teaming it with a more neutral, classic colour. On the opposite end of the scale, orange gives you the perfect opportunity to make a BIG statement with what you wear so why not go big with your newfound colour?!

When looking to make a statement, go for the item of your outfit that is most obvious. At this time of year, the obvious choices for statement-wear would be a coat or a big chunky piece of knitwear. Remember that to make this piece do the talking, team it with items that will complement and support. If you are bigger on top with slimmer legs, choose something on bottom which will draw the eye down. Alternatively, if you are bigger on your bottom half, choose a top or coat that will bring attention up.

Tweed, darker denims, greys and mossy greens all go fantastically with orange and will help you achieve a lovely autumnal look.

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As the above ladies show, orange can work on many levels, whether you’ve layered it over a shirt and jeans for a smart day-time look, or have chosen it for an elegant evening look like Emma Watson in her floor-length number.

In conclusion, I’ve managed to convince myself that I would like to welcome some orange into my autumn wardrobe! I will personally be on the lookout for a two-tone jumper and probably a chunky tangerine scarf. What are your thoughts on orange? Have you been convinced?

Happy Halloween all! To finish off, here are some of my favourite fashionable Halloween/ Autumnal looks!

Layering Love

Are you a summer dresser or a winter dresser? Floaty chiffon maxi dresses or a tweed shift dress? Bohemian sandals or chunky suede knee-high boots? Do you love the fact that you can leave the house in summer without a jacket or can you not bear to be without your cosy shearling coat?

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For me, winter definitely precedes over summer in the style stakes. The bobble hats, the blanket scarves, the array of coats, and definitely the layering of lots of cosy materials!

Whilst layering is not only a practical choice when the weather starts to get seriously chilly, its also a great way to to look effortlessly stylish. However there is always a potential with layering to add on weight to yourself with all the heavy knitwear.

Here are some tips to ensure that you layer yourself up perfectly this winter!

Layer contrasting materials.

The key to avoiding adding weight to yourself through layering is to use contrasting materials and textures. If you layer a cable knit jumper with a cable knit cardigan, there is no gradual layering, you are just going from thick to thick!

Always go from thin to thick- this way the most light-weight, breathable materials are next to your skin, and the thicker materials are on your outer body, protecting you from the winter elements. You’ll also keep a better shape and silhouette this way. Just make sure when layering your contrasting materials that each element does still work by itself, as you may need to take layers on and off throughout your day.

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Everyday Layering. 

A great idea for everyday layering is to combine a shirt with a jumper, completed by your winter coat and some cosy accessories. This is an effortlessly stylish look and a practical one. It’s also suitable for work or play- crisp whites with neutral knits make for smart-wear, whilst denim with striped or coloured knits make for great casual-wear. If you’re not that confident experimenting with colour or pattern, layering is a great way to introduce something more fun to your wardrobe. You can start with adding the colour or pattern to your under layer and once you feel more adventurous, you can move it to an outer layer. Saying that, this look can also look sleek and sophisticated when used with neutrals and monochrome!

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Adapt your dresses. 

If you love a good dress and pine for the summer days where you could wear your sleeveless one with no worry about the weather, fear not! Why not try layering your favourite dress to take it from summer to winter? The easiest way to do this is to use a blouse or a pretty shirt. Add some chunky cable knit tights with winter heels and finish off this feminine look with a little waist belt and a statement necklace. This is a great way to keep wearing parts of your wardrobe which you thought you couldn’t because of the season change.

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Don’t hide away! 

As we’ve seen, layering can look effortlessly stylish and flattering, but its also easy to hide your best bits and to add on unnecessary weight when layering. The key to avoiding this is to make sure you are still showing off a silhouette.

Blanket capes are everywhere this season (just as they were last year), and their fluid, draping style makes for perfect layering. To ensure you keep a feminine shape, cinch in your blanket cape with a waist belt and slimline your bottom half to balance out the cape. Skinny or slim jeans would work best here but the universally flattering bootleg style will also work to streamline your body.

These rules will apply to most other forms of layering too- where you are wearing chunky styles on top, wear slimmer styles on bottom and try to create a waist for yourself where possible.

So how will I be layering this winter? I’ll be wearing long sleeve striped tops under jumpers, belts over chunky knits, soft fluffy socks over knitted tights and peter pan blouses under shift dresses. I can’t wait!

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Brogues in Vogue.

We all have that one area of our wardrobe which we neglect. It could be that we find that particular garment a nightmare to buy (usually jeans as it feels like rocket science is needed to find ‘the perfect fit’), or it could be that its something that is just easily overlooked (boring socks). But personally, my area of wardrobe that often looks a little neglected is my footwear section.

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Don’t get me wrong, I do own a fair few pairs of shoes! But these shoes are usually all very similar and despite the large volume of shoes I own, because they’re all the same I actually end up with the dreaded ‘I have nothing to wear!!!‘ syndrome on a lot of occasions.

So this Autumn I have decided to focus on my tootsies and keeping them warm and protected. My go-to shoe style at this time of year (before it gets really cold) is more often than not the ballet pump. Pretty and easy to get on and off but with very little support or protection. It is essentially like walking on bare feet with a small slip of fabric between you and the ground!

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I have always admired the brogue style of shoe for women but until recently have  thought that it doesn’t particularly fit in with my personal style. I love the slightly androgynous look that they can give off whilst still maintaining a level of femininity by showing off sleek and elegant ankles. Worn with cropped or ankle grazers, they can be shown off at their best.

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After a lengthy session on Pinterest followed by an online shopping mission, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of brogues that caught my eye and the different looks you can create with them. So here are three ways to wear brogues this season.

With a dress.

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Bringing feminine together with the androgynous. I think it would be a little optimistic to assume we would be going tight-less during the winter but all the same, a pair of brogues with a pretty dress makes for a really stylish look and a great way to show off legs! This is a great look for an apple-shaped lady who is perhaps larger on top but who has skinnier legs as the brogues will draw the eye down. Wear with chunky tights and layer your dress with a warm and cosy knitted cardigan or jumper cinched in with a belt. For extra style points to embrace this season’s trends, team your brogues with a boho dress for a warm winter look.

As a splash of colour.

Aside from the black or tan colours that we mostly associate traditional brogues with, there are a plethora of patterned and coloured brogues on the market nowadays. These can add a ‘bit of ommph‘ to a simple or classic outfit.

Wear with cropped trousers, a crisp white shirt and tailored blazer for a stylish and smart look. Alternatively, wear with a colour block outfit to really let your brogues do the talking. This is a great way to team your new brogues with staples that you probably already own such as your jeans and neutrally coloured garments. All black teamed with a coloured, metallic or patterned pair of brogues will look effortlessly stylish in my opinion, and I’ll definitely be trying this look out!

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Modernise Your Brogue

If the traditional brogue isn’t your thing, why not try an adapted version of it? During my online search I found a number of ‘girlier‘ styles of brogue which may work for someone with a particularly feminine personal style, from cut-out detailing to heeled brogues. These would work well with dresses and also as a smart footwear option for workwear. Also quite good as a stepping stone between ballet pumps and traditional brogues!

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After writing this blog post I am even more convinced that I’ll be investing in this style this season. My feet will rejoice and my ballet pumps will despair! To finish off, here are a couple of my favourite brogue looks.

Are you a brogue convert?

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Pretty In Pink Winter 2015

So we’re into October! This is definitely my favourite time of year- my birthday is approaching (yippee) and so is Christmas (slightly scary), but most of all I love this autumn season because of the fashion!

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This year its a little different as we’ve been lucky enough to have experienced a mini Indian summer this week, causing us all to rush to get out our sunnies and strappy tops again. But usually it would be around this time that I would be unpacking and brushing off the knitwear, and replacing my ballet pumps with sturdier winter boots-much to the delight of my feet!

This October also welcomes the ‘Wear It Pink’ campaign in support of Breast Cancer awareness. This campaign encourages us to raise awareness and also lots of money for all-important research into fighting Breast Cancer through arranging events where we can all get together and sell baked goods, play some games, and all wear pink to show our support.

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Autumn Leaves and Pretty Pink

As we are just about to embark on this ‘Pink Month‘, I thought I would have a look at the best pink fashion pieces in the shops at the moment. The colour pink isn’t often associated with the winter months, but its a surprisingly easy colour to wear around this time of year and can be easily incorporated into your current wardrobe. It also appeared in several Fall shows including Sibling, Prada, Mary Katrantzou and D&G. As a delicate and light colour, it will definitely lighten your mood on those cold dark winter mornings when you have to leave the house for work at silly o clock!

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A winter coat is a staple for your wardrobe and often winter go-to colours include blacks and greys. If you are looking to inject a bit of winter pink into your wardrobe that is easy to wear with everything, why not try this jacket from H&M? This will work perfectly with winter neutrals already in your wardrobe such as blacks, whites and greys and also looks great with stripes. It’s smart style also means you could wear it over work-wear, or alternatively with jeans and some winter ankle boots on your weekends off.

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If you’re a ‘black is my happy colour’ type of lady then why not try accessorising with pink this season? A subtle burst of colour can transform and work wonders for a simple outfit. This magenta pink suede bag from Zara is in my opinion the perfect size, the perfect shade and the perfect statement. I think this would look amazing with a colour block dress or two-piece outfit. And it has room to fit all your winter essentials in, including an umbrella-which we will be more than likely to need soon, lets face facts 😦

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Finally, with this season comes lots of parties and with partying comes pretty dresses! I love this dainty Ted Baker ballerina-style dress with big bow feature which cinches in at the waist creating a very flattering feminine shape.

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So next time you are out shopping, why not have a look around for some pink garments which will add some warmth and romance to your winter wardrobe.

Additionally, a number of fashion and beauty brands are showing their support for ‘Wear It Pink’ month through donating proceeds from particular products to the cause. For example, Jo Malone is donating money from sales of their Red Roses floral cologne and ASDA’s ‘Tickled Pink’ campaign includes various products which donate money to the cause.

So THINK PINK this month and let me know what pink goods you discover!

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